'''James Russell Lowell''' (; February 22, 1819 – August 12, 1891) was an American Romanticism|Romantic
poet, critic, editor, and diplomat
. He is associated with the Fireside Poets
, a group of New England
writers who were among the first American poets who rivaled the popularity of British poets. These poets usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for families entertaining at their fireside.
Lowell graduated from Harvard College
in 1838, despite his reputation as a troublemaker, and went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School
. He published his first collection of poetry in 1841 and married Maria White Lowell|Maria White
in 1844. He and his wife had several children, though only one survived past childhood. The couple soon became involved in the movement to Abolitionism in the United States|abolish slavery
, with Lowell using poetry to express his anti-slavery in the United...